How to Quickly & Completely Drain Your Laptop Battery

How to Quickly & Completely Drain Your Laptop Battery

Taryn Williford
Mar 11, 2011

We do a lot of talk around here about how to extend your laptop's battery life. But what about those moments—like before you stash your computer away for a while—when you need to quickly drain all the juice from your laptop? Here's how to do it.

Conserving your laptop's battery is tough. Draining it out so you can store your laptop away is easy—and fun, as it turns out. Pop some popcorn and get going:

  1. Turn your laptop on and make sure it is unplugged from any power source.
  2. Nothing kills your battery life like a nice, bright screen. Head to your laptop's settings and turn your screen's brightness all the way up.
  3. Turn on your WiFi and open up an internet connection. Leave something that auto-refreshes open in a browser window, like sports scores. And if your computer is equipped with Bluetooth, turn that function on, too.
  4. Open up a few other applications to run in the background. Running several apps at once is sure to kill your battery quickly.
  5. Plug in a few power-draining devices via USB. Grab your optical mouse, flash drive and that keyboard vacuum.
  6. Last, insert a DVD into your laptop's drive and hit play. Relax while you catch the flick, knowing your full-strength laptop battery should be gone in less than an hour.

(Images: Flickr member bhrawlings licensed for use under Creative Commons, Flickr member Surat Lozowick licensed for use under Creative Commons)

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